Nostalgia only feels good

“A few of the essays in “Shake It Up” are advanced-pop criticism (e.g., the literary critic Richard Poirier on “Learning from the Beatles,” in Partisan Review), but most are journalism, and the journalism beats the advanced-pop stuff cold. Partly this is because it was written for fans, so the writers could ignore the English department and other highbrow police. Partly it’s because pop-music journalism arose out of the intersection of early rock-and-roll magazines like Rolling Stone and Crawdaddy, when they still had an alternative-press aura, and the New Journalism, with its promiscuous use of the first person, and that gave it a confessional tone and a voice that suggested that we’re all on the same side in the struggle, whatever struggle it is.”
Can Poetry Change your Life?, by Louis Menand, New Yorker, July 31, 2017

Aaaah, rock-n-roll journalism… how I miss it. Even the last of it, puny as it was, in Maximum Rocknroll and Punk Planet when I still read them.

“…and the journalism beats the advanced-pop stuff cold.” And this is what irritates me, often drives me nuts, about the humanities. For the love of God, eggheads, find something with soul to write about or shut the fuck up. And, yeah, I know very well you academics have to keep food on the table, but fuck you. Fuck you blue, in fact. Feh.

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I reads the internets

“Another consideration is the current information system, if one can even use the phrase. For much of the base, the sources of information are Fox News, talk radio and other practitioners of alternative facts. Exposures of Trump’s misdeeds and absurdities that arouse liberal opinion are easily interpreted as attacks by the corrupt elite on the defender of the little man, in fact his cynical enemy.”
Noam Chomsky: On Trump and the State of the Union, interview by George Yancy, NYTimes, July 5, 2017

“It shouldn’t be a surprise that a post-literate conservative world should have been so quick to embrace a semi-literate presidential candidate. Nor, in hindsight, is it strange that, having retired the role Buckley once played in maintaining conservative ideological hygiene, the ideas he expunged should have made such a quick and pestilential comeback.”
Conservatives Go Third ‘I’ Blind, by Bret Stephens, NYTimes, July 6, 2017

“So much for the passing scene. We need, in searching for consolation, to remind ourselves that the missionary is not automatically to be dismissed as a demagogue, practicing or inchoate. The apparent demagogue is, of course, a candidate for the respect owing to a prophet. John Brown was hanged. If he had lived and fought a hundred years later, there’d have been a national holiday named after him.”

“On the other hand, a sovereign democratic responsibility is to measure the claims of a candidate by empirical standards: Is he right for the United States? Now? And if he is right, is he the person to incarnate that mission? John Brown was wrong even as Martin Luther King Jr. was right, and a study of the two, and of their two movements in history, illustrates what we need to know about demagoguery and prophecy.”
Insights: Politics—The Demagogues Are Running, by Wm F. Buckley, Jr., Cigar Aficionado, Mar/Ap 2000

I never thought I’d miss WFB, Jr., but I do.

Ah, post-literacy. Just watch the pictures; caption reading is optional. We’re so doomed. Yeah, I know I wrote that in 2004, too, and I really hope I’m still wrong.

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Great trepidation

Testing the crosspost with the new blog header (Dru! from Pibgorn).

Last time I did this it posted over 1K times to the Hackenblog. Does it again, no more crossposting from here, alas.

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He’s not worth it

Okay, very quickly, Esme (long hair, sexy dress) the cruise ship singer has been vamping Katie’s husband Derek. Katie is the other soaked woman. As you might have already surmised, they got into a cat fight a few panels ago and Esme fell overboard. Clinging for her life to the rail, Katie took a beat, and then pulled her back in. Esme is doing the only decent thing in promising to veer off Derek, but I think they’ve both realized in this almost fatal encounter of physical death for Esme and spiritual death for Katie that freaking Derek isn’t worth …read more

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Wonder Woman

So I saw Wonder Woman, and was crying during a lot of it, and get choked up thinking about it still. Yes, even my old, leathery heart was touched to the point of tears, but I didn’t know why until I read these three reviews, I highly recommend you read, the next day:

“Wonder Woman …. I don’t know if she’s the hero we deserve, but she’s sure as hell the one we need.”
http://bit.ly/2thgBTY

“Whatever leash they put on Snyder for the fight sequences in Wonder Woman ought to be attached to him for the rest of his career.”
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“More than any other moment of the movie, for me this scene was emblematic of what so many women have faced in one form or another: stepping into the ‘no man’s land’ of war, violence, abuse, discrimination, and oppression in order to ‘fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.'”
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The image of Diana behind her shield fending off machine gun fire will never leave me. I will see it every time I need courage to face down anything. I was also very touched and impressed by the men backing her up. I’m sure Diana would have worked it out without the grenade Steve Trevor threw into the machine gun nest, but it was still great.

Thank you, DC. I’m not sure what you’ve started, and even if Zach Snyder screws it up later, it’s still started, and thank you for starting it. Fourth Wave Feminism anyone?

And all you nitpicking fanboys… it’s okay you don’t get it, really it is.

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White House Adrift


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Villa


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View


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Tiger Ships


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Structure


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Serenade


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Glorious! Glorious! Collage show opening night!

Well, at least I thought so.

Ave 50 Opening night April 8, and my 1st Sunday making collages and replacing the ones that sold. (I went to Ikea Town in Burbank for frames; it’s quite a place Ikea Town. Everyone should see it!)

I will indeed be in the gallery from 1-4 every Sunday in April unless something changes. 131 N Ave 50, Los Angeles. Check here for updates.

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Installing my collage show at Ave 50 on April 6

I will indeed be in the gallery from 1-4 every Sunday in April unless something changes. Check here for updates.

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Collage Show at Ave 50 April 8 through May 6, 2017

Yes, Ginger Mayerson Collage at Avenue 50 Studio!
Opening night party: 7-10pm Saturday, April 8, 2017
Show dates: April 8 to May 6, 2017
Avenue 50 Studio (www.avenue50studio.org)
131 N. Avenue 50, Highland Park, CA 90042 (323) 258-1435
Parking behind the building is limited so please Uber/Lyft or public transportation, if possible.
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Gallery hours: Tue-Thurs 10-4 pm; Sat-Sun 10-4 pm
And I think I’ll be at the gallery every Sunday making collages from 1 to 4pm. Check here for updates.

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Sailing Sailing


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Penguin Arches


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Red Dress and Baby Jesus


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Parrot Pal


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Monkey View


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Mask


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Llama View


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Landscape Observers


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Kangaroo Coast


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The only thing worse than not letting all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out

“The early days of the Trump administration (‘The 45th president’, January 21st) bring to mind Robert Graves’s “I Claudius”. The ageing Roman emperor longs for the return of the republic. To this end he marries Agrippina, mother of Nero, hoping that Nero will be so cruel and despised that it will lead to a rejection of future emperors. His strategy: ‘Let all of the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.'”
PAUL FRIEDMAN, Vancouver
The Economist, Letters, February 4, 2017

Gotta love those literate Economist readers.

“Let all of the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.” This was my thought, too, because I, too, saw “I, Claudius” on PBS (support your local station; the Republicans have been gunning for PBS for decades). Yeah, poisons hatching out… I don’t think the poisons ever stopped hatching out in Rome. I’m sure Mr. Gibbon would correct me if he wasn’t dead.

I also thought “The only thing worse than not getting what you want, is getting what you want,” by good old Oscar Wilde, which isn’t much cheerier, but might be less fatal.

Oh well. Let’s hope we are still the good people we think we are, or that our institutions are at least as strong as we hope they are. Or something.

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14 years of the Hackenblog?

Yay?

Here’s where we got our start: Hackenblog 1.0

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Green Dress


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Furs and Flora


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Delusional Republic

“But can Trump voters be convinced that things are getting better when they aren’t? The truth is that I don’t know. Views on many issues are driven by motivated reasoning, and when people say that things got worse under Obama, what they may really be saying — whatever the actual question was — is ‘I hate the idea of a black man in the White House.'”
The Opposite of Carnage, by Paul Krugman, NY Times, January 21, 2017

I sometimes wonder what Trump voters really want. Maybe they just want everyone to be as miserable as they are. Oh well, it’s going to be a long four years.

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Everyone’s a Critic


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Feminine Genius

Francis, Jan 12, 2017

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